Object Lesson: Boot Camp

Filippa K creates a man's boot for all seasons. By Loryn Hatch
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His perfect boot. Something not too combat, not too stuffy. Exactly the right balance between urban and classic with just a bit of biker thrown in for good measure. According to most discerning, well-dressed guys, finding that perfect pair of boots is right up there with scoring the ultimate time-piece—something that stands the test of time, but won't break the bank. Such wardrobe essentials undoubtedly make the man, and for those who are trying to prove their worth, Swedish designer Filippa K has the answer. Meet her ankle-high Laced Boot.
Filippa K's Laced Boot evokes the best in function and form: A refined military look with a dash of early 20th-century charm, its high-quality materials and slightly beat-up look yield a lived-in elegance that is both practical and iconic. Contrasting details like the pronounced, shaped heel and rugged, utilitarian loops introduce just the right measure of embellishment to the design and demonstrate the Filippa K philosophy. "I take a relaxed approach to fashion," she says. In her words, that means "clean yet exciting, sophisticated yet wearable." And this mission is carried out in all of the designer's collections. Available in black and brown, the versatility of this boot renders it worthy of any man that's been on a search for the holy grail.
The Laced Boot, $499, available at Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street, New York; 212-219-2688.
Filippa K creates a man's boot for all seasons.
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